1. Stop Trafficking of People (STOP.) makes this submission to the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Panel on Constitutional Affairs in relation to “An outline of the topics to be covered in the Fourth Report of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” (the Outline).
2. STOP is a programme under the Vine Community Services Limited (VCSL) (soon to be renamed Branches of Hope), which is a non-government organisation in Hong Kong. Our goals are to raise awareness about human trafficking, connect with key counter-trafficking groups, provide victims with support, allow their voices to be heard, and to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the fight against modern-day slavery. We are a frontline Hong Kong-based initiative that responds to victims’ need through legal referral and social assistance, network building, outreach and public education.
3. STOP appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the HKSAR’s implementation of CEDAW with respect to the topics contained in the Outline. This submission will confine itself to issues relating to the trafficking of women and girls, including sex workers and Migrant Domestic Workers (MDW).
The submission will relate primarily to:
Article 6 – Exploitation of Women;
but will also be relevant to the following topics:
Article 5 – Stereotyping and Prejudices;
Article 11 – Equality in Employment and Labour Rights;
Article 12 – Equality in Access to Health Facilities; and
Article 15 – Equality in Legal and Civil Matters.